Féminisme, travail social et politique publique. Lutter contre les violences conjugales

Abstract : This research focuses on how the public policy against domestic violence has been set up, how it has evolved, and how it is currently implemented. Using a sociohistorical approach, I did an ethnography of some of the feminist non-profit organizations which provide victims of domestic violence and their children with counseling and accommodation, and I did interviews with professionals of government institutions in order to understand how public action has been dealing with the issue of domestic violence. Framed as intolerable at the end of the second wave feminist movement, domestic violence became a feminist cause which is now supported by professional and institutional associations. Thanks to the production of a body of scientific knowledge and its practical translation by state feminism, this cause has become legitimate and was put on the political agenda. Analyzing the activist careers of the organizations' founders helps to understand the organizational decisions they made, as well as the reasons why they moved into the social work sector. A new group of professionals came into being, and it was made of three types of activist workers. Their professional training and socialization participate in shaping a feminist professional group, differing from social workers in their practice as well as in their framing of domestic violence. The way laws and judicial practice has evolved, professional controversies and the new public management of public policies are all elements which shed light on the dynamics of change in the public policy. As well as a contribution to the analysis of public policies, this research seeks to make feminist professional practice visible.
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Elisa Herman. Féminisme, travail social et politique publique. Lutter contre les violences conjugales. Sociologie. EHESS, 2012. Français. ⟨tel-01178524⟩



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